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Marc Staal
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Marc Staal  #18

New York Rangers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 18 BIRTHDATE: January 13, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 207 DRAFTED: NYR / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (12th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Through the first 42 games of the season, Staal has upped his presence on the blue line leading the Rangers in plus-minus and even strength time on ice, all while playing against the oppositions top players. <br /> <br /> The Staal Brothers -- Eric (Carolina), Marc (NY Rangers) and Jordan (Pittsburgh), became the 47th set of three-or-more brothers, in National League history, to play in the League. They are the first trio of brothers to compete in the NHL in the same season since Kevin (NY Islanders), Kelly (Washington) and Kip (Pittsburgh) Miller played during the 1998-99 season. Marc is the only one to have won a World Junior Championship -- he won two (2006 and 2007). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On being more physical: &quot;Making the big hit is fun for me, and I really enjoy that part of the game, but I have to keep reminding myself to do it. If I don't consciously think about it, then I forget and I'm less physical. It's something I'm telling myself to be more aware of.&quot; <br /> <br /> On becoming a defenseman: &quot;I became a defenseman when I was about seven or eight years old. It was an eight year old 'AA' team and I was seven and in order to make the team, I wasn't good enough to be a forward, they put me on defense. It kind of just went from there, never really looked back from playing defense ... I like the game of the defenseman, it's a different game, but I just really enjoy it.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the most interesting aspect of living in New York: &quot;For me growing up in Thunder Bay, I had never even seen a subway, never mind ride on one. Maybe a month into the season, when I got my place in the city, taking the subway to a game was a pretty neat experience. Take the train right underneath the rink and walk up to the room. The city, it's a city and country on its own. It's pretty neat.&quot; <br /> <br /> On sibling rivalry and playing against his brothers: &quot;When Jordan or Eric is coming down or we are one on one in the corner, all I'm thinking is 'they can't beat me here; I'll never hear the end of it'. It's definitely different, it's a different feeling, but I love playing against those guys. It's always a lot of fun.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney: &quot;Marc is capable of being an all-star in this league. He's showing a tremendous amount of poise and seems to have a greater comfort level this year, as would be expected. Marc has been more assertive, and certainly in adding a physical component to his game. He has the size. Now he's punctuating his assets with contact. He knows how to deliver a check.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=371071">Quietly coming of age in New York</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=23343">The Staal Brothers</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=20512">His Move to the Big Apple</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=28021">Delivering Coats to Life Center</a><br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday